It’s hard to know which is worse: J’Marcus Webb playing left tackle during the Bears’ exhibition opener against Buffalo on Saturday night or J’Marcus Webb talking about it later.
Jay Cutler almost got killed again. The offensive line will get killed with questions and criticisms all week again.
Bad enough, but then Webb offered this in defense of his fairly indefensible play:
"Maybe I didn't match his intensity. They came out as if we were in the regular season, and obviously I didn't. I've got to get a little bit better."
Wait. No. That’s a joke, right? First live ammo of the season, first time starting at the most important position on the offensive line, first game at home, and intensity is a problem?
Palm to forehead.
I’m not telling Webb not to be honest. But if this is what he honestly believes, then Mike Tice has bigger problems than technique.
Same goes for Cutler. You, too, Mike Martz.
Did you see how Martz started his farewell tour?
After saying he was hoping his Bears offense could pick up where it left off, the offensive coordinator opened the exhibition season with an end-around to Devin Hester. Hmmm, that looked vaguely familiar.
Perhaps it was a shot at critics like me who carved Martz for calling that play for Earl Bennett, the Bears’ slowest wide receiver, at the end of the NFC Championship Game. This time he called it for perhaps his fastest receiver. Neither worked. Martz blamed the players for failing to execute the call in the title game. Must be the players’ fault again. Those darn players, when will they learn to execute the wrong play?
And when will they learn to execute the right play? I can’t blame Martz for calling his offense of deep and usually dangerous dropbacks. Nobody expected it to work with an offensive line consisting of four players in new positions, but I can’t blame Martz for calling the plays to identify where the problems are.
Answer: all over the place, and that’s without the seven-step drops.
Hundreds of sacks. Nothing but fear for the starting quarterback’s life. Utter lack of a first-string passing game.
So, yeah, the Bears are picking up right where they were a year ago when they couldn’t block the dangerously stubborn Martz’s calls.
Just asking: Does Tice think there should be competition on the OL? Two quarterbacks, three sacks, four plays, and I’m wondering, does Tice think the word “falter’’ applies.
Now we know why Martz was giddy about Cutler’s footwork: because he’ll need it behind a line that can’t block Martz’s stuff.